Soya: versatile product!
In China, the soya bean has been cultivated and used in different ways for thousands of years. Soya was considered as one of the 5 holy crops, besides rice, wheat, barley and millet.
Soya beans are very versatile: soya beans can be used as whole soya beans, soya sprouts, or processed as soya milk
. It is easy to make your own soya milk, tofu and tempeh at home. Do you want to make your own soy milk? Then read our reviews
of soy milk makers! Soya is also used as ingredient for non-food products, such as candle wax
and biodiesel. Soy candles are becoming more popular because they burn longer and healthier.
Soya: healthy food!
The increasing popularity of soya foods is mainly attributed to the large amount of health benefits which are associated with the use of soya beans. The role of soya in the prevention of chronic diseases continues to be a top priority for scientist around the world. The FDA has confirmed that foods containing soy protein
may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. In Europes such health claims are still not allowed. Scientific studies have linked the intake of soya to reduced risk of cancer and improved bone health. Only people with soy allergy
(about 0.5 percent of the population) should avoid eating food containing soy protein. Over the past years, there has been an increasing interest in the antioxidant effects of soya and in particular the health benefits of isoflavones. Soya is very important for vegetarians and vegans. Soya has a high protein content and soya is rich in vitamins, minerals and fibers. The easiest way to consume soya is by drinking soya milk or eating soy nuts.